NewsSouthern AfricaLandmark victory in Marikana judgement


Posted on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 16:25

Landmark victory in Marikana judgement

Police shot dead 34 people, mostly striking workers, wounded 70, and arrested 250 on August 16, 2012. Photo©ReutersSouth Africa's legal experts and political parties have hailed the ruling by the Gauteng High Court compelling the State to pay legal costs for survivors of last year's police shootings that killed 34 miners.

The court ruling on Monday ordered Legal Aid SA to pay the expenses incurred by those who survived the Marikana shooting last year who are now appearing before a commission investigating the killings.


Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution, a legal body body urged "Legal Aid SA to respect the judgment, adhere to it and not to appeal it."

Political parties, the Economic Freedom Fighters, the Inkatha Freedom Party and Agang SA all welcomed the ruling.

The payment would ensure that the miners have legal representation at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry.

The commission is looking into events that led to the killing of 34 miners at the Lonmin mine in Marikana.

The court application was brought by Dali Mpofu, legal representative of miners who were wounded and arrested at Marikana and they have not been represented at the commission because of a lack of funding.

The inquiry is investigating the deaths of 44 people during strike-related unrest at Lonmin platinum's operations at Marikana, near Rustenburg in North West province.

Meanwhile, the commission will continue with its hearings in Pretoria on Tuesday with the lawyers for the miners expected to attend.

The police shot dead 34 people, mostly striking workers, wounded 70, and arrested 250 on August 16, 2012.

In the preceding week, 10 people died, including two policemen and two security guards.

On Monday the commission heard that senior police officers odered four mortuary vehicles to be at the hill at Marikana hours before the shootings.

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